Before you use MaxCompute, you must have an Alibaba Cloud account.


  1. Create an Alibaba Cloud account.
    If you do not have an Alibaba Cloud account, go to the international site ( and click Free Account to create an Alibaba Cloud account. This account is your primary account.
    Note An Alibaba Cloud account has full operational control over all associated resources. To keep your account safe, we recommend that you regularly update your password and do not share your account with others.
  2. Complete real-name verification.

    You must complete real-name verification before you purchase and use Alibaba Cloud services. To complete real-name verification, go to the Real-name Registration page in the . To make sure that you can use Alibaba Cloud services, you must complete real-name verification.

  3. Create an AccessKey pair.

    To make sure that nodes created in DataWorks workspaces can be run, you must create an AccessKey pair for your Alibaba Cloud account. Unlike the account and password that you entered to log on to the Alibaba Cloud Management Console, an AccessKey pair is used for access permission verification between various Alibaba Cloud services. An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret. To create an AccessKey pair, perform the following steps:

    1. Log on to the DataWorks console. Move the pointer over your profile picture in the upper-right corner and click AccessKey Management.
    2. On the AccessKey Management page, click Create AccessKey. In the Create AccessKey message, you can view the AccessKey pair that you created.
      • One account can create at most two AccessKey pairs.
      • On the AccessKey Management page, you can view all the AccessKey pairs that you have created.
    3. After you close the Create AccessKey message, view the status of the AccessKey pair on the AccessKey Management page. You can also disable or delete the AccessKey pair on this page.
      If you disable the AccessKey pair, all the services that use the AccessKey pair fail to be run and report errors. If the status of the AccessKey pair changes, check the status of the services that use the AccessKey pair in a timely manner.
      Note To keep your account safe, we recommend that you do not share your AccessKey pair with others. If an AccessKey pair is mistakenly disclosed, lost, or stolen, make sure that you disable or change the AccessKey pair immediately.

What to do next

If you need to use DataWorks as a RAM user, create a RAM user under your Alibaba Cloud account. For more information, see Use a RAM user.